For ages – virtually since the first combustion engine was dreamed up in the 16th century – gasoline has been the go-to fuel for ravenous car enthusiasts. Only gasoline’s ignition capabilities could create the horsepower America’s auto revolution thirsted for.
For those other “lesser” fuels – electricity, hydrogen, natural gas, etc. – they were more about mileage efficiency and economic conservation than adrenaline-pumping excitement.
Five-hundred years after gasoline made its lasting mark on the auto industry, this is all starting to change. Here are the top five electric supercars that are bringing a new spark to elite performance.
Tesla was arguably the first auto manufacturer to prove that large lithium batteries weren’t just for powering Priuses. With a 0-60 time of 2.5 seconds in Ludicrous mode, despite having four doors and boasting a 315-mile battery range, the Model S is still the gold standard of fun and functionality. It is also worth noting that the Tesla Model S is one of only two all-electric vehicles featured in this list.
Although the Porsche 918 Spyder isn’t a true electric supercar, its hybrid offerings of a V8 engine paired to a high output electric motor help this sleek AWD street machine reach 60 mph in 2.6 seconds.
Pulling from the heritage of the McLaren F1, the P1 features a RWD racing chassis that houses a twin-turbo V8 engine, combined with a powerful electric motor. Together, these powerhouses push the McLaren P1 to 60 mph in about 2.5 seconds.
Predominantly known for its luxury sports sedans and classic styling, the i8 broke the mold with its fierce silhouette, turbocharged inline 3 engine and high voltage electric motor. Pushing 357 horsepower to all four wheels, the i8 can reach 60 mph in 4 seconds flat.
Although the SLS AMG E-Cell Roadster is a bit long in the teeth compared to the other vehicles on this list, this electric supercar was a big accomplishment for Mercedes-Benz. At the time, it was Mercedes-Benz’s most unique car available, clocking a 0-60 time of roughly 4.0 seconds with the help of four electric motors, one strapped to each wheel.
With the help of achievements in lithium-ion battery technology, as well as the unique pairings of gasoline and electric engines, cars no longer need to rely solely on gasoline. Considering that gas prices here in California consistently hover at $0.80 above the national average, you may even have considered an electric supercar of your own. If so, which one has caught your attention and why? Share you response on our Facebook or Twitter page; we’d love to hear what you thin